When the police lay a charge of fraud, in most cases, the actual charge laid will depend on the value of the alleged fraud and will be either “Fraud Over $5,000” or “Fraud Over $5,000”. It is also not uncommon for multiple charges of fraud to be laid by the police when it is alleged that the fraud has been carried out over a number of weeks, months or even years.
Charges of fraud can involve employers in a breach of trust situation, banking institutions including debit and credit cards, legal document fraud, construction fraud (by the contractor), and others.
Section 380(1) Criminal Code of Canada – Fraud
This section states:
Every one who, by deceit, falsehood or other fraudulent mean, whether or not it is a false pretense within the meaning of this Act, defrauds the public or any person, whether ascertained or not, of any property, money or valuable security or service,
- is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding fourteen years, where the subject-matter of the offence is a testamentary instrument or the value of the subject-matter of the offence exceeds five thousand dollars; or
- is guilty
(i) of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or
(ii) of an offence punishable on summary conviction,
where the value of the subject-matter of the offence does not exceed five thousand dollars.
Been Charged with Fraud?
In many cases a charge of fraud brings with it a large volume of documents and paper work as “proof” of the fraud. The possible punishment for fraud on a finding of guilt can be as much as fourteen years of imprisonment. We at G Law Group ensure that all relevant experts, such as forensic accountants are bought in to put the best defence forward. Our lawyers at, G Law Group, will examine all the evidence and ensure we put your best defence forward.
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